Apple today announced that several ATI-equipped Macintosh computers will not ever be able to take advantage of OpenGL under Mac OS X. Computers with ATI Rage II+, Rage IIc, Rage Pro, Rage Pro Turbo, Rage LT Pro and Rage Mobility are affected; machines range from the Power Macintosh G3 to the iBook SE. It is likely that thousands of Macintosh users will be affected by this decision.
Best-selling author David Pogue has published a new book entitled \'Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.\' In the book, Mr. Pogue attempts to provide new Mac OS X users with a comprehensive look at the dozens of new features Apple has included. Chapter 2, \'Organizing Your Stuff,\' is available online as a free sample. \"The book should have been in the box.\" (Pogue Press/O\'Reilly, US $24.95)
osx.macnn.com has news of the OS X 10.1.2 update, Open Firmware Password 1.02, a new Audiogalaxy client, QuickTime Stream Server 4.0 preview 2, and other notes.
Metrowerks has posted CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, a maintenance release that includes updates to the CodeWarrior IDE, MetroNub Plugin, Remote Debugger, Compilers, MSL, and project stationery.
Trash X v1.1, an update to the $7 shareware that can instantly delete or shred file and folders without sending them to the trash, now offers secure deletion (shredding) of files and folders.
Apple has released OS X 10.1.2 via the Software Update control panel, which delivers improvements and new functionality, including updated and new USB and FireWire device support, including FireWire-based digital cameras; new PC Card storage device support, including media readers; IrDA modem support for FireWire-based PowerBook models; Audio, Display, and Speech improvements; Networking and Printing improvements as well as AirPort v2.0, Apache web server v1.3.22, and AppleScript v1.8 components. It is required for AppleScript Studio 1.0 to function.
Apple has posted Open Firmware Password 1.02 for OS X 10.1 users, which allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware that can prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it: \"When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.\"
Yahoo! is reporting that Microsoft\'s new Windows XP, billed as the most secure Microsoft operating system ever, contains several flaws that allow hackers to take advantage of victim\'s computers. The vulnerabilities were discovered by three security researchers with eEye Digital Security Inc., led by Marc Maiffret. \"This is very serious,\'\' Maiffret said, \"[hackers] could reformat your hard-drive, record your keystrokes.\" Shares of Microsoft are down 4% today.
Ben Spink has released official documentation for CrushFTP 3.0, a $25 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. CrushFTP uses CRC32 for verifying files, has a built in IRC bot and web searching.
Imation has announced a new, enhanced profiling tool for Verifi Accurate Web Color, the company\'s tool for providing accurate color on the Web. Verifi is a server-based system that dynamically modifies color images to compensate for the differences inherent in the way monitors display color. The new version has an improved process for managing end-user configurations. Verifi is compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape on the Mac.
Limewire 2.0, a new version the Java-client for the Gnutella file sharing network, offers \"swarm downloads\" from multiple hosts, reduced bandwidth requirements, broader searches for rare content, improved chat functions, an auto-shutdown option, a simplified interface, better OS X support, iTunes integration, and other enhancements. A $6 \"Pro\" version removes all banner ads and bundled software from the freeware \"Basic\" version. [Classic, Carbon]
Riccardo Ettore has released a public beta of TypeIt4Me X, a Carbon version of his $27 abbreviation expansion utility.
P.O.S. Direct is shipping a new barcode CCD scanner with either a keyboard connector or USB interface. the \"plug \'n play\" CE1000 works with out drives and features a new CPU, new optics and a new ergonomic design. The PS/2 version is $125, while the USB version is $135.
Adobe has posted Acrobat 5.05, which provides additional compatibility and fixes known issues, including support for Mac OS X and the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
Afternoon tech news: Sony\'s CEO fears that the full economic impact of September 11th\'s attacks will not be felt by many high-tech firms until early next year; Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer have issued a 50-page report defending their merger plans against attacks from shareholders; Motorola has signed a $95 million contract to provide mobile phone services in China.
Microsoft will have to wait until next month for a ruling on the proposed billion-dollar settlement of its alleged anti-trust violations. U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz said he will not decide until after Jan. 10 whether to endorse the settlement deal.
ON24 reports that several analysts are holding their Adobe recommendations, saying that Tuesday\'s injunction barring the company from selling InDesign 1.5 won\'t hurt Adobe\'s bottom line. Shares of Adobe were down $.80 at mid-day, a change of under 3 percent. Adobe plans to ship InDesign 2.0 next month.
Bare Bones today released BBEdit 6.5.1, the latest version of its HTML and text editor. It offers language support for Java Server Pages (JSP), and an improved \"bbedit\" command-line tool, which allows BBEdit to be used as an external editor for Unix programs on Mac OS X. This update also incorporates improvements for running Unix scripts (such as Perl, Python and shell scripts), a scriptable \"Preview as Text\" command, and a simplified interface for choosing a default Mac OS API reference, as well as an assortment of other enhancements and fixes.
CompuCable is shipping two new USB KVM products, including simple manual USB+VGA 2-way switch (USBMS2-AB, $35) and \"Power Reach mini ELITE USB KVM,\" an $90 active electronic USB+VGA 2-way KVM that supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440, and offers a built-in self-powered hub.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0 adds a flexible input dialog box, better dialog positioning, better input field control, and other parsing functions to the $40 developer plugin for FileMaker.
Dartware has released the first beta-test version of InterMapper 3.6b1, its network monitoring and alerting software that monitors the servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network and can notify the network manager about problems via audible alerts, e-mail, pages, and cell-phone messages. It offers remote viewing of network maps, a new \"outages\" window, response time measurements, new SNPP probes, and separate log files. [Classic, Carbon]
ATI has begun shipping the Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card for notebooks. The new chipset supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and extended battery modes for tasks like watching DVDs. Pricing for the chipset, which may or may not be included on future Apple portables, has not been disclosed.
Nielsen//NetRatings has announced its rankings for the top e-tailers in the month of November. Apple came in fifth with 6.1 million unique visitors, while Amazon.com topped the charts with 31.5 million unique visitors.
Sputnix 0.4B is an unsupported, unofficial \"satellite\" client for the music sharing website, Audiogalaxy. Version 0.4B offers an upload/download speed throttle, support for gold accounts, a new toolbar and search field, the ability to play partially downloaded songs, and improves performance.
QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Preview 2 is a \"trial, pre-release, time-limited software release [...] meant for evaluation and development purposes only.\" It adds administration enhancements, a new Setup Assistant, native hinted MPEG-4 streaming, QoS (quality of Service) enhancements, native MP3/Icecast streaming support, and UI improvements to the Playlist Broadcaster. It expires on March 15, 2002.
Marc Moini\'s shareware ($20) startup acceleration utility, Startup Doubler 2.6.2, brings Mac OS 9.2.2 support. (It claims to be \"most useful for pre-G4 Macs, where startup can be made 10% to 50% faster. Fast disks in new high-end Macs can\'t be accelerated much...\") A trial version allows users to measure the time savings.
Chaotic Software just released MP3 Rage 4.0, an update to its $25 set of MP3 tools that adds support for Perl 5-compatible regular expressions to create tags from files, the ability to normalize sound volumes while exporting to AIFF for CD burning, new ID3 involved people list tag information, ID3 sort name for easier sorting in MP3 players, and Windows-compatible MP3 file naming.
Feelorium has released Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.1, a $12 QuickTime movie player that plays movies on an \"always on top window\" (i.e., \"floating window\"). Version 1.01 offers a new dock menu for application control and fixes a bug that caused a crash during window resizing.
Dr. Bott has updated its TiCase ($400) and TiCase Plus ($540) for latest PowerBook G4. The new interior design support seither the new square power adapter or the original round model and also includes space for the iPod. The hard shell cases offer a brushed aluminum look, a combination lock, and a detachable cover, which allows you to use the TiBook while it is in the case using the special \"Lift-o-Matic\" rear pads.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE